Department of Political Science

Student Achievement & Involvement

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Auburn University Master of Community Planning program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board for a 7-year term until December 2027. PAB requires this information be publicly available for the Master of Community Planning program at Auburn University.


Student Achievements

Our Auburn University Master of Community Planning graduates are successful in their careers and in the planning profession as a whole. Several alumni hold executive positions in the American Planning Association-Alabama Chapter. Our graduates have won awards at the state and regional level competitions of the American Planning Association (AL-MS chapter), and our currently enrolled students give professional presentations at the national and state level conferences each year. Current MCP students have won the “Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Student Team” for Sustainable Transportation Planning class at the AL-MS American Planning Association conference in 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and in 2019. Other MCP student projects also regularly win this award. Details of annual AL-APA awards are archived here.  

You can view several examples of Auburn University Master of Community Planning (MCP) student projects and explore how they are making a difference in Alabama communities by engaging in the Alabama City Year Program. MCP students are regularly recognized for their contributions to improve local communities in Alabama. For instance, students from the Fall 2018 Historic Preservation Planning class were featured in the Montgomery Advertiser, presenting their work to the planning department and regional planning commission in Montgomery, and the Synthesis Studio students working in Pell City to develop downtown and brownfields revitalization strategies were featured in the ABC News. MCP program’s online Fall 2021 Newsletter highlights some recent achievements of the Master of Community Planning (MCP) students.


Student Planning Association of Auburn University

The Student Planning Organization of Auburn University (SPAAU) stimulates student interest in community planning and design, familiarizes students with the practice of planning, helps students in attending state and national planning conferences, and builds a strong relationship between the Community Planning degree program and other programs related to community planning and design. SPAAU is a student led organization that endeavors to improve scholarship and performance of individuals entering the community planning and design fields. This student led association holds regular meetings and social events throughout the academic year. For more information, please contact Avery Agostinelli.


2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

In State Residents, per full-time academic year                                $12,108

Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year                         $32,810


Student Retention Rate

Of our students who began the MCP program in Fall 2020, 82% continued their studies into Fall 2021.


Student Graduation Rate

Approximately 77% of all the full-time students joining the MCP program in Fall 2017 graduated within 4 years. From Fall 2012 through Fall 2016, a total of 53 new full-time students enrolled in the MCP program, of which over 85%, or 45 students, graduated within 4 years.


Number of Degrees Awarded

The Auburn University MCP program has awarded 17 Masters of Community Planning degrees for the 2020-21 academic year.


AICP Certification

For the MCP graduates who graduated in 2016 and took the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam within 5 years of graduation, the passing rate is 50%. Auburn University MCP graduates typically attempt the AICP exam within 5 years of graduation. Auburn MCP graduates have an overall approximately 70% pass rate from 2005-2020.



Approximately 86.36% of our full-time students graduating in 2020 have found employment in a professional planning, planning-related, or other positions within one year of graduation. The status of 9% of the graduating students is unknown.

For more information

Sweta Byahut

Sweta Byahut

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8436

Last Updated: January 31, 2022